BANNER YEARS: Chronicling Murray State
Coming 2012-13 Racer Season
By Jimmy Wilder, Will Aubrey, Steve Parker, Sid Easley, Kim Trevathan
Banner Years will be
released in 2012. You can pre-order your
book now for $39.95 plus $5.00 for shipping using PayPal below.
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for basketball is legendary in the Commonwealth of Kentucky,
where success is expected and often demanded.
These facts must have resonated in
1923 with Judge Rainey T. Wells, the founding father of Murray
State University, and Dr. John W. Carr, the school’s first
president, only months after the state’s General Assembly
awarded the city of Murray a college whose academic focus would
be on training elementary teachers.
For certain, Murray State has carved
its niche in the lore of Kentucky basketball, while also earning
a place on the national stage. Coach Billy Kennedy’s 2009-10
Racers won a school record 31 games, including a 66-65 thriller
against Vanderbilt in the NCAA Tournament. Is there a hoops
junkie who hasn’t heard about MSU’s win over Jim Valvano’s North
Carolina State team in the 1988 NCAA Tournament, the Racers’
near upset of eventual champion Kansas two nights later, or
this season's 31-2 squad that won a game in the NCAA tourney. And what university
excelled on the hardwood with Popeye Jones, proclaimed “The
Round Man of Rebound” on TV by Dick Vitale, as its center?
MSU basketball got its start in the
1925-26 season and has passed the test of time, establishing
itself as one of America’s best mid-major programs. Its fans are
among the most supportive anywhere, sometimes to the extreme;
its natural rivals savor every victory and some now avoid
scheduling MSU if they’re asked to play a game in Murray, where
the Racers seldom lose.
All things mentioned above are
expounded in Banner Years: Chronicling Murray State Basketball,
a 340-page book that tells in words and pictures the history of
Racer basketball (an Ohio Valley Conference-best 38
championships, 15 NCAA tournaments, 5 National Invitation
Tournament invites and 25 consecutive winning seasons, a mark
surpassed only by Syracuse, Kansas and Arizona). The book
profiles many of the school’s coaches and players, including
Carlisle Cutchin, Joe Fulks, Johnny Reagan, Bennie Purcell,
Howie Crittenden, Cal Luther, Stewart Johnson, Dick Cunningham,
Lamont Sleets, Steve Newton, Jeff Martin, Popeye Jones, Marcus
Brown, Mark Gottfried and Isaac Spencer.
The book also has colorful anecdotes
that readers will find interesting and worthy of reminiscing.
Who remembers when coach Luther was hung in effigy on campus and
his comments at the Murray Rotary Club? Read about both
happenings in Banner Years: Chronicling Murray State Basketball.
The book will be a keepsake for your office, library or coffee
table. We guarantee it!
|For more information about
the book, please contact:
Bennie Purcell: (270) 753-6441
Lindy Suiter: (270) 293-2220
Jimmy Wilder: (270) 761-1944
or (270) 226-9302
Sid Easley: (270) 752-0068